FS+G Pro League Roster, Eligibity Criteria Released

Doyle Brunson
"This type of league has been a dream of mine for more than 50 years."

The eligibility criteria and an initial roster of 218 players was released for the Federated Sports and Gaming pro poker league's 2011-12 season Tuesday.

In January, the Jeffrey Pollack-led Federated Sports and Gaming organization announced plans to form a professional poker league featuring the world’s top 200 poker players.

Players would be ranked according to FS+G's own eligibility system based on historic statistics similar to those governing professional golf and tennis.

Events were then scheduled to run at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas from August 2011 through February 2012.

Now, details regarding the eligibility criteria for the league have been released.

Membership will be based on an individual player's adjusted lifetime earnings in qualifying tournaments, the number of major poker titles won and the number of cashes/money earned since 2008.

Qualifying tournaments include live open events with a minimum buy-in of $1,500.

Players can qualify for five, three and two-year tour cards based on their achievement level.

For the upcoming 2011-12 season, the league will issue 27 five-year cards, 55 three-year cards and 136 two-year cards to a group filled with the biggest names in poker.

“Our goal in setting the objective qualifying criteria was to capture the best live tournament players – not a certain set of personalities,” said league commissioner Annie Duke.

“Keeping the league membership small not only ensures the highest quality of tournament play, but also allows FS+G to provide a superior playing experience and outstanding service levels to our members.”

The 218 players on the initial roster include both rising stars and legends of the game.

Prominent names include Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Carlos Mortensen, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Vivek Rajkumar, Joe Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov, Andy Lichtenberger, Annette Obrestad and Daniel Alaei.

The complete list is available on FS+G's website.

“These players are an exciting mix of seasoned veterans and young talent,” added Duke. “They are the best of the best and we congratulate them on their achievements in poker and earning league membership in our inaugural season.”

Poker legend Doyle Brunson is excited to see the league start up.

“This type of league has been a dream of mine for more than 50 years,” said Brunson. “I’m honored to be included in this elite group and look forward to the challenge of competing with so many other skilled live tournament players.”

Beginning with the first tournament scheduled for August 9-12, the league’s first four $20k main events will feature $400,000 in added prize money.

Combined with the league's $1,000,000 freeroll championship next February, FS+G is guaranteeing $2.6 million in added prize money to league members in its first year.

Each event will also begin with a satellite-style $1,500 Pro-Am awarding temporary league cards and main event entry to the top nine finishers.

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